The Oscar-winning director launched a Kickstarter page to
raise funds for the game, which he said would take about three
years to develop. By Thursday, one day after Coppola's
announcement, the fund had reached $55,000.
The interactive game will involve role playing with gamers
taking on the character of U.S. army Captain Willard (played by
Martin Sheen in the 1979 movie), who is on a secret mission to
assassinate renegade Colonel Kurtz (played by Marlon Brando),
the director said in a statement.
"Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that
could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to
come. Today, Iím joined by new daredevils, a team who want to
make an interactive version of 'Apocalypse Now', where you are
Captain Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the
Vietnam War," Coppola said.
"Apocalypse Now" won a best picture Golden Globe but just two
Oscars for sound and cinematography. However, it is now regarded
as one of the most influential war films of all time and in 2000
was chosen for preservation by the U.S. National Film Registry.
The game, due to launch in 2020, is being developed by Coppola's
privately-held American Zoetrope film studio and some of the
teams behind videogame franchises "Battlefield" and "Fallout:
The $900,000 Kickstarter fund is expected to provide only a
portion of the huge costs needed to develop and market the
videogame, and is a good way to test the appetite for a product
at an early stage, the development team said.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Andrew Hay)
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